In addition to general medical services, students who are transgender or considering transition may have specific medical needs or questions. At Rutgers Student Health there are various services to meet these needs.

Available services include:

Medical Services

  • Assistance related to the transition process including medical counseling, hormone therapy, and hormone-level monitoring
  • Assisting with referrals to external healthcare providers, such as surgeons and endocrinologists
  • Signing official name-change documents

Counseling Services

  • Structured/evidence-based individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis management
  • Substance abuse assessment and treatment
  • Psychiatric services and/or linkages to community providers

Gender-affirming healthcare is often covered by health insurance companies, but each company is different, and patients must investigate their own specific health insurance plan to determine benefits and coverage. Prescription drug coverage is often handled separately from the medical health benefits and may be managed by a different company altogether.  Be sure to ask about prescription drug coverage, as well.

Rutgers Student Health will provide gender-affirming medical care for registered students regardless of the type of insurance coverage they have. Many of our students receive their health coverage through the Student Health Insurance Plan, which is an on-campus resource.

The standard plans offered by the SHIP (underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources) standard plans include coverage for the following:

  • Continuous hormone therapy
  • Laboratory testing to monitor hormone therapy
  • Genital reconstruction surgery
  • Psychotherapy
  • Chest reduction surgery
  • Surgery to change specified secondary sex characteristics
  • Certain treatments are not covered, including:
  • Reversal of sex transformation surgery
  • Fertility preservation
  • Cosmetic procedures and treatment

Every situation is evaluated on its own merits, and any treatment needs to meet specific coverage criteria. Please note that meeting the criteria is not a guarantee of payment, as a final determination cannot be made until the classification codes are submitted and reviewed.


For more benefit details and eligibility requirements, visit or email

For information on Student Health Insurance: Department of Risk Management & Insurance visit, call 848-932-8285, or stop by their office at 11 Bishop Place on the College Avenue Campus.

Additional Resources 

The Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE).

SJE strives to provide a home away from home for all LGBTQA students and their allies. Whether you have questions about your health, the LGBTQA community, or college life in general, you can always call, email, or just drop by.

Alternatively, students can view this list of other LGBTQA resources.